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  • Actors: Yvonne Fisher. Martin Goldin.
  • Directors: Roger Stigliano
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NHHFEE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,224 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fun Down There" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

FUN DOWN THERE, Roger Stigliano's early gem of the new queer cinema, chronicles a single week in the life of Buddy, Fun Down There (1989) is one of the early gay films produced after the arrival of the AIDS epidemic and is a refreshingly uncomplicated view of coming out and coming of age. The morning after Buddy's sister discovers his copy of Playgirl, Buddy sneaks away to New York. Shortly after his arrival, he experiences his first sexual encounter. His partner, Joseph, takes Buddy under his wing and provides him with the Big City essentials: a hotel room, a subway map and a lecture about safe sex. In a wry and off-hand style, Fun Down There captures the ordinary day-to-day events, which make life extraordinary. As noted by Rupert Smith in Time Out, Michael Waite as Buddy "radiates a convincing innocence and an electric sexuality." Stigliano and Waite's comfort with their story and their characters provide a glowing energy, simply and unquestioningly asserting that no matter how challenging the times, gay life will continue and thrive.

Customer Reviews

One of the worst movies I have ever seen.
Scott Carroll
The production values were bad, the story was bad, the acting was bad.
C. P. Liddle
Low budget amatourish attempt to create "a film".
Pitbulltje

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Danny Gruber on November 16, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
I need to begin by saying I saw this film several years ago and enjoyed it. It's quirky, uneven and the acting unpolished. Still, it's an indie film that those qualities just add to its charm. For that, I rate it a three.

What really disappoints me, and I don't know if this is Amazon's doing or the company releasing this digital version, is this version of the film is CENSORED. First off, this video is labeled 'unrated,' which means viewers expect there to be some incidental nudity, language, drug use or whatever.

When I am buying a film, I don't expect there to be a huge black square in the middle of the screen, shielding my eyes from something I know is supposed to be there, something I expect to be there, because I saw it in the original version, which was also marked 'unrated.'

Like I said, the film is enjoyable and it was certainly not expensive. However, when I pay retail for a film (rather than renting it), I don't expect the version I buy to be different from the version that is available on DVD. If this digital release hadn't been under $10, I would be returning it.

Since this may or may not be a studio issue, I did not rate this film based on the censorship, but none of the other reviews pointed out it was a cut up copy, so that's the topic I chose to comment upon.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Greenlake on June 1, 2002
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This is a strange, funny little gay flick, made on a shoestring in the late '80's. It's not at all a slick, Hollywood-style thing a la "Trick." There are long, long takes that may try your patience, except that they set a very individual tone and style. Essentially the story of a shy, but spirited, small-town guy who decides all of a sudden to head for some "Fun Down There" in Manhattan, where he aimlessly rambles through his little journey of self-fulfillment with gay sex and love. (The film is unrated due to some semi-explicit masturbatory sex.) The film's humor is almost totally deadpan, and the brainless conversations between Buddy (Michael Waite) and his family are borderline hilarious. (Buddy's parent's are played by Waite's real-life Mom & Dad.) A real homemade project, from the days when "independent" meant something. Maybe not for everyone, but worth a look for those interested in the evolution of gay subject matter in films.

Trivia: an early performance in a supporting role by Michael Imperioli of The Sopranos fame.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "anamericaninstockholm" on July 17, 2001
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When "Fun Down There" came out, so to speak, in 1988, it was hardly your conventional gay movie. It wasn't glib, it wasn't full of histrionics or loaded with messages or trying to shock, in short it was rather unlike the way gay people are portrayed - mostly by themselves - in most media. The film quality and sound were mediocre at best, but I rather liked the film. The story of a very real and ordinary young man (in both looks and aspirations) from upstate New York coming to the city and making a life for himself despite being rather baffled by the whole gay scene, was very understated and rather charming. It may be a bit too boring and lacking in drama for some - if you want to see a movie with a lot more drama and intensity but with a gay character who is similarly realistic and outside what most think of as gay culture, check out Gus Van Sant's first movie, "Mala Noche," which is a gritty, funny and disturbing film full of a bittersweet sadness and longing.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By oaklandgayasian on June 30, 2007
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This has to be one of the very worst Gay films I have ever seen -- and I've seen a lot of Gay movies!

Apparently the director thought that every single frame he shot should end up in his film. There are seemingly endless scenes that go on and on and on for no particular reason. There are scenes with no dialogue and no music, not even background noises! This movie is much too boring to be 'so bad it's good'.

The full frontal nudity was boring and does not redeem the movie. The actor wasn't that good looking and the scene, like the rest of the movie, wasn't interesting to watch.

This movie is so amateurish it's hard to believe it was originally released in 1989. If Amazon allowed negative stars, this movie might rate a negative 5 stars.

And to answer the question posed in the title, Frameline will be distributing the movie. There is no other possible reason why such a boring movie was shown at the festival.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ta on May 1, 2014
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If I could have given a zero I would. Don't waste your time with this movie. Jumped around a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By willpaul on March 29, 2014
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This movie doesn't even get 1 star, it was terrible. The picture quality was poor, the acting was poor, and there was almost no character development. The film editing was the worst as was the story line, it went no where, there was no action, no climax ,no resolution and no ending. Don't waste your time or money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Byrnes on February 18, 2014
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Main character was clueless. Acting was amateurish. Plot nearly non existent. I wonder how movies like this get made. Maybe because people like me are foolish enough to watch them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on February 18, 2014
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Trying to be artistic I believe did not achieve. Only could stand about fifteen minutes, was hoping pick up and get better.
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